Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. If you get into a car accident, your chances of surviving with minimal injuries are much higher than if you are on a motorcycle. And unfortunately for motorcyclists, many car drivers do not pay proper attention to motorcycles on the road.
As a motorcycle rider, there are many things you can do to decrease your risk of accident and injury. Always wearing a helmet is the most important thing you can do, but keeping your motorcycle properly maintained and wearing appropriate clothing are also key. Still, there are other drivers on the road, and taking their behavior into account is more difficult.
Some types of accidents are more common for motorcycle riders than drivers of cars and trucks, and are usually caused by the other driver. These include:
- A collision caused by a car turning left in front of you
- A car running into you while changing lanes
- You running into a car door when it is opened in front of you
The common factor among all these accidents is that the car that caused the accident likely didn’t see you, either because you were in a blind spot or because they were only looking out for other cars. These types of accidents are sadly common on the roads today, as so many car drivers do not keep an eye out for motorcyclists. Not seeing you is no excuse for causing an accident, and no protection from liability. Car drivers are expected to exercise proper caution and keep an eye out for motorcyclists.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the initial police investigation might fail to take into account all the ways in which a motorcyclist is particularly vulnerable to inattentiveness on the part of other vehicles. Please, hire an experienced attorney who will know the proper questions to ask to determine the cause of your accident.